MEET A MEMBER - RON JEREMY
Meet adult film legend and pop culture icon Ron Jeremy, a big supporter of Brits in LA who starred in the Toscars parody film of American Hustle, called British Hustle.
What do you like about being a member of Brits in LA?
I really enjoy attending their pub trivia nights at The Pikey on Tuesdays. I happen to suck at trivia but the atmosphere is fun, especially when Sandro Monetti is hosting as he’s a real fun guy who makes it hilarious. The crowd is great too and very friendly, as they are at the British Breakfasts at Ciconni’s. And The Toscars are great. Coming from the adult film world, I’m used to parodies of movies but this is something different from that – and PG-13.
What was your experience like acting in Toscars film British Hustle?
It was abysmal and horrifying. Especially when Sandro, who directed it, started beating the actors with a cat o’ nine tails. Seriously though, he’s a great director who knows what he wants. It was sweet of him to give me the job and as Steven Spielberg and James Cameron hadn’t called I happily accepted. It was fun parodying the part played by Christian Bale in American Hustle, not least because I have a credit in Christian’s film American Psycho – I provided the adult movie footage that his character watches in that film. I’m just a few degrees of separation from every actor in Hollywood.
You reveal yourself to be a really good dancer both in British Hustle and the accompanying pop video for the film’s soundtrack album. Where did that talent come from?
I’ve been dancing for years. I used to hang out at Studio 54 all the time. In my era that was the way you got to meet girls. It was a good way to break the ice to say ‘Would you like to dance?’ I was even in the movie Studio 54 with Mike Myers. I’ve been in a lot of pop videos and shown my dance moves in a few of them.
Do you have a lot of British friends?
|Photograhy by Christopher Thomond - The Guardian.|
Oh yes. Famous ones too. I was on a British reality TV show called The Farm a few years ago and got along really well with the Brits on it, like Lionel Blair, Emma Noble, Emma B and especially ventriloquist Keith Harris. He’s a terrific guy and he even let me put my hand up the keester of his puppet Orville the Duck, which I considered a great honor.
Do you have a hidden gem in LA that you want to share with us?
The Rainbow bar and grill right in the heart of the Sunset Strip is a favorite place of mine. That bar and that area has got so much rock n’roll history thanks to great bands like Guns n’ Roses, Poison, Warrant and The Doors. It’s an exciting, atmospheric hangout. Plus there’s more girls than guys there and I like those odds.
What would you suggest to others who are thinking of making the move out here?
If you’re already a big fish in a little pond, there’s nothing wrong with that. Coming out to LA can make you an international star, but you can also get swallowed up by all the other fish. Just be aware that the competition is fierce. Also know that there’s a way to behave when you’re a Hollywood guy. You get brown stuff on your face from kissing so many keesters.
*See Ron in Toscars film British Hustle and the accompanying pop video.